Twitter erupted when Shaun White captured the third Olympic gold medal of his career in the snowboarding halfpipe competition in Pyeongchang on Tuesday.
The four-time Olympian, who placed fourth in Sochi in 2014 after a bad crash, beat out runner-ups Ayumu Hirano from Japan and Scotty James from Australia to win the gold with a 97.75 score. White led the competition in the first run, earning a 94.25 score after a sequence that included a frontside 1440 and a 1260. He fell behind Japan’s Ayumu Hirano on his second run after a fall but made up for lost points with a near-flawless third run — and social media rejoiced alongside Team U.S.A. fans on the sidelines.
Skateboarder and fellow X-Games competitor Tony Hawk wrote, “congrats to @shaunwhite on a most legendary performance.I know how much it meant to you and how hard you worked for that last run.”
“Nothing like a good comeback right??” another multi-Olympic ceremony alum, swimmer Michael Phelps, added.
Perhaps the most eloquent expression of support came from actress and singer Victoria Justice, who wrote, alongside a GIF, “Me watching Shaun White take the gold!!!! Hell yeyuhhhhhh #Murica.”
See more reactions below.
SPOLIER ALERT: congrats to @shaunwhite on a most legendary performance.
I know how much it meant to you and how hard you worked for that last run.
We are all incredibly proud. ——
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 14, 2018
SHAUN WHITE ———— don’t know if I’ve ever been that on edge watching a gold medal run —-
— Kelley O’Hara (@kohara19) February 14, 2018
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) February 14, 2018
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) February 14, 2018
#ShaunWhite just took a swig of the most intense pressure in the world and swallowed it like a cup of silky milk. Insane
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 14, 2018
Here we go!!!! #ShaunWhite
— Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) February 14, 2018
comeback story of the Games… ————– #ShaunWhite
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 14, 2018
— Lindy Booth (@LindyBooth) February 14, 2018